Press review on migration in West Africa

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The West African Migration Observatory is pleased to introduce its press review of February 2016 on migration

AU’s bold move for African visas
The African Union Commissioner for Social Affairs Dr. Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko has urged African countries to ease their visa polices to stem migration from Africa to places like Europe by stimulating national and regional economic prospects in Africa. Read more: http://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/aus-bold-move-for-african-visas-1977629

Nigeria: 227 Doctors Migrated From Nigeria in 12 Months
Globally, free movement of highly skilled professionals and experts is a positive thing. However, the cost to the home nations of migrating professionals is incalculable in terms of development opportunities and loss of investment. Read more: http://allafrica.com/stories/201602080152.html

Ghana and Italy see support for troubled countries as solution to migration
Both the Republics of Ghana and Italy see support for troubled countries such as Libya as well as support for developing countries, as one sure panacea to the sprawling migration crisis Europe has been dealing with in recent years. Read more: http://www.newsghana.com.gh/ghana-and-italy-see-support-for-troubled-countries-as-solution-to-migration/

2015 Africa-Frontex intelligence community (AFIC) report
Legal travel channels to the EU available for most West Africans are quite narrow. Some AFIC countries have visa rejection rates close to 50%. This high rate indicates that irregular migratory movements from the AFIC region to the EU are largely perceived as economic migration by consular authorities in the EU. (Read more: http://reliefweb.int/report/world/2015-africa-frontex-intelligence-community-afic-report

Integration: Most Visa-Open Countries Are Found In East And West Africa
According to the Africa Visa Openness Report 2016 published by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the most visa-open countries are found in West Africa and East Africa. A massive 75 percent of countries in the top 20 most visa-open countries are in West Africa or East Africa. (Read more: http://afkinsider.com/119458/integration-visa-open-countries-found-east-west-africa/

Ghanaian MP Leads The Charge To Evict Fulani Herdsmen
A Member of Parliament in Ghana has led a group of local youth to demand the immediate eviction of Fulani herdsmen and their cattle from his constituency. (Read more: http://saharareporters.com/2016/01/26/ghanaian-mp-leads-charge-evict-fulani-herdsmen

ECOWAS Biometric IDs : Senegal, Benin begin issuance of cards
The biometric identity cards have been approved by ECOWAS Heads of State and Government and it is the duty of each member state to issue these cards to the citizens. Read more: http://pulse.ng/local/ecowas-biometric-ids-senegal-benin-begin-issuance-of-cards-id4651170.html

ECOWAS member states hold deliberations on Valletta Action Plan
A meeting on the implementation of the Valletta Action Plan by Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) member states has been held in Accra to deliberate on relevant issues on how to maximise the positives of migration to impact on development of countries among others. Read more: http://citifmonline.com/2016/02/13/ecowas-member-states-hold-deliberations-on-valletta-action-plan/

UNHCR Ghana to mark first anniversary of Abidjan Declaration
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Ghana will from February 15 to March 12, organise a series of activities to mark the first anniversary of the "Abidjan Ministerial Declaration" on the eradication of statelessness. Read more: http://www.businessghana.com/portal/news/index.php?op=getNews&news_cat_id=&id=208815

Migrants : derrière les drames en Méditerranée, quelles politiques ?
Depuis quinze ans, l’Europe et l’Afrique multiplient les accords pour endiguer les flux migratoires. Résultat : des milliers de morts entre les rives des deux continents… Lire l’article: http://www.jeuneafrique.com/mag/284540/societe/migrants-derriere-drames-mediterranee-politiques/

Migrations : les parlementaires africains plaident pour le renforcement de la coopération internationale
La 2ème conférence parlementaire africaine sur les migrations, tenue du 15 au 16 février dans la capitale djiboutienne sur le thème: « la contribution des migrants africains au développement des pays d’origine et de destination », a permis de dresser un état des lieux sur les causes de ces mouvements humains, ainsi que sur les destinations des migrants et autres réfugiés. Lire l’article: http://adiac-congo.com/content/migrations-les-parlementaires-africains-plaident-pour-le-renforcement-de-la-cooperation

Migrations : les clôtures ne sont pas une réponse
Kofi Annan, Ancien Secrétaire Général de l’ONU donne son opinion sur les réponses apportées au drame des migrants
Les drames à répétition dans les eaux de la Méditerranée ont porté une attention nouvelle sur l’une des plus anciennes activités de l’humanité : la migration. Lire l’article: http://www.jeuneafrique.com/mag/284521/societe/les-clotures-ne-sont-pas-une-reponse/

Le Niger, pays stratégique de prévention de l’immigration illégale pour l’UE
Près de 90% des migrants d’Afrique de l’Ouest passent par ce pays pour rejoindre la Libye. Lire l’article: http://www.slateafrique.com/650899/niger-migrants

Transhumance au Togo : violences dans plusieurs endroits du pays
Les déplacements saisonniers de bétail, ce que l’on appelle la transhumance, existent dans l’ensemble des pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest. C’est un moyen ancestral d’éviter l’épuisement de la végétation. Au Togo, la transhumance a mal débuté. Des violences ont opposé des Peulhs et des habitants dans plusieurs cantons. Les rixes ont fait plusieurs blessés. Des morts sont également à dénombrer selon les dernières informations. Lire l’article: http://www.republicoftogo.com/Toutes-les-rubriques/Politique/Transhumance-une-equipe-ministerielle-aupres-de-la-population

Les migrations subsahariennes : déconstruisons les idées reçues
« Drame », « péril », « crise », le thème des migrations fait souvent l’objet d’un traitement partiel, voire simpliste, en particulier pour les migrations d’Afrique subsaharienne. Le vrai/faux des économistes Nathalie Bougnoux et Rohen d’Aiglepierre Lire l’article: http://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/article/2016/02/15/les-migrations-subsahariennes-deconstruisons-les-idees-recues_4865581_3212.html

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